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Aeronautical Knowledge and Safety Test Updates

The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST)

The FAA's 2018 Reauthorization Bill (PDF) introduced new requirements for recreational drone pilots (see P.L. 115-254, Section 349 (PDF) – exception for limited recreational operations of unmanned aircraft). The law requires all recreational flyers pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test and carry proof of passage when flying.

The FAA is developing The Recreational UAS Safety Test or TRUST in three stages. First, the FAA developed the test content with input from drone stakeholders. Next, the FAA issued a Request for Information seeking to work with drone stakeholders on the administration of the test. The FAA is now ready for the third stage, to make the test available to recreational flyers through FAA Approved Test Administrator of TRUST.

As drones become more popular and accessible, the FAA is committed to ensuring that the public is aware of regulations and how to operate safely in the nation's airspace.

Become an FAA Approved TRUST Test Administrator

In order to make the test accessible and available to the largest possible audience the FAA offers the drone community the opportunity to become an FAA approved test administrator:

  • The FAA provides TRUST content to FAA Approved test administrators
  • Test administrators provide on-line test to Recreational Flyers
    • Test administrators determine the best platform, consistent with the requirements outlined in the Operating Rules, for packaging, delivering training and testing content.
    • Test administrators must agree to offer the test at no cost to recreational flyers.

Stakeholders approved to provide the test will be known as FAA Approved Test Administrators of The Recreational UAS Safety Test (FAA Approved TA TRUST).

To enable applicants to determine if they can meet the program criteria, we recommend potential respondents read and understand the following documents:

Note: At time of application potential test administrator applicants must have a Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) compliant learning management system, SCORM 1.2 and capable of deploying the product by June 1.

Upon successful completion of all onboarding activities, the FAA will sign the MOA and the TRUST TA will receive notification that it may deploy the test.

TRUST Application and Onboarding Process

Application
Period

(Feb 22-Mar 31)

FAA
Submission
Review

(Apr 1-30)

Decision
Point

Validation
and Formal
Onboarding

(May 3-June 1)

Decision
Point

Approved Test
Administrator

Decision
Point

Decision
Point

*The FAA will prioritize its review of the applications submitted by March 31 and will announce TAs selected in Phase 1 here in June 2021. Applications that were not reviewed in Phase 1 will be reviewed after Phase 1 is announced. Validation and onboarding for Phase 2 will occur in the fall of 2021. New test administrators will be announced here in December of 2021.

Test administrator submissions must include:

  • Completed Test Administrator Application Package
  • Signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

FAA Submission review:

  • FAA has (30) days to respond whether the applicant meets requirements to continue in the process
  • The FAA will prioritize its review and selection based on the applicant's ability to deploy product by June 1, 2021 and the applicant's stated market reach.
  • During review, the FAA may ask applicants for additional information based on submitted materials

Validation and Formal Onboarding

  • Validation will consist of the items in the validation and onboarding document

Formal onboarding

  • MOA countersigned by FAA upon successful completion of all onboarding activities

Prospective applicants should expect changes to the application process and requirements when the next solicitation for applicants is announced. Sign up for related updates. Interested parties should note:

  • Any information pertaining to the application period is hosted on this website and through the FAA's digital channels.
  • The FAA is not seeking or accepting unsolicited proposals outside of this application process.
  • The FAA will not pay for any information received or costs incurred at any point in the onboarding process.
  • Vendor participation during the application process is not a promise for future collaboration with the FAA.
  • The FAA will not approve supplemental content intended to endorse or advertise a specific product or service.
  • Application requirements are available here (PDF).
  • Frequently asked questions
  • This process is separate and apart from the work of the Aeronautical Knowledge Test Cohort.

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